Innovation Advisors

Ben Galphin
Ben Galphin
While pursuing his Textile Engineering degree at North Carolina State University, he worked in retail sales for a major outdoor gear supplier. This close, daily interaction with customers and manufacturers helped him develop an appreciation for the importance of the customer’s voice to a product’s success. Following university, Ben found a role in Patagonia, Inc., working with their renowned Quality Lab.
Suzanne Lee
Suzanne Lee
Suzanne Lee is a pioneer of the field of biofabricated materials for fashion. She deeply understands the challenges when design meets science through her Biocouture project and former role as Chief Creative Officer at Modern Meadow. At Biofabricate Suzanne brings 25+ years of experience working with material startups, brands and investors. She is a TED Senior Fellow, NASA Launch Innovator, and special advisor on biofabricated materials to Parley For The Oceans.
Claudia Richardson
Claudia Richardson
Claudia Richardson has a background in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and has worked on solving materials problems in various fields including clean energy, battery science, consumer products, and apparel- most recently overseeing Patagonia's materials innovation team and strategic research portfolio. Richardson now works as an advisor on materials engineering and strategy for brands and venture investors with a focus on innovation technology scaling and reduction of environmental impact.
Sophie Mather
Sophie Mather
As a reputable thought leader on Sustainable Innovation, Sophie Mather, Material Futurist at biov8tion, brings a depth of knowledge, innovative thinking and network to industry challenges. Her 20+ years’ (textiles/ apparel/ industry) experience spanning on the ground work at the brand, manufacturing and consulting level in the EU, Asia and US enables her to advise the ever challenged industry on cutting edge sustainable strategies and solutions.
Jeffrey Hsu
Jeffrey Hsu
Jeffrey is the CIMO at NewTech Textiles (NTX), a global leader in waterless ambient temperature transfer print technology (NTX® CoolTrans®). Jeff comes from a diverse academic and industry research background where he double-majored in Chemistry & Microbiology at the University of California, and commenced his Masters in Chemistry from University of Missouri. He has extensive research background in pharmaceutical, medical engineering, petrochemical, agricultural science as well as innovations within textile science and engineering at FENC R&D center.
Laurent Aucouturier
Laurent Aucouturier
Spanning 20 years of experience advising clients in the textile industry (strategy development, due diligence, studies for public, private companies and NGOs), Laurent Aucouturier is a partner with Gherzi Textil Organisation AG in Zürich, Switzerland. Having carried out consulting assignments in 35 countries, he is responsible for managing large international projects involving multi-national teams and has played an active role in numerous sector studies to define long-term strategies and policies for textile-producing countries.
Andrew Filarowksi
Andrew Filarowksi
Andrew Filarowski completed his BSc (Hons) in Textile Chemistry at Leeds University, School of Textiles under the supervision of Dr Ian Holme. He worked for various dye and chemical companies including Sandoz, Crosfield Textile Chemicals and finally Yorkshire Chemicals starting in laboratories and progressing through roles to carry out bulk trials and finally working in sales with responsibilities not just in the UK but in mainland Europe.